2015 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1281977 96 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Bâtard-Montrachet from Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard is a cool and classy customer, coming in at 13.1 percent octane and delivering great elegance and depth on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is a stunning blend of pear, apple, lemon, chalky soil tones, a hint of the pastry cream to come, citrus zest and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied, pure and very mineral in profile, with a gorgeous core of fruit, snappy acids and superb length and grip on the poised and perfectly balanced finish. Great juice! 2020-2050.  (1/2017)

94 points Decanter

 The Bâtard is more reserved than the extrovert Criots, but it is the more serious bottle this year, with a restrained bouquet of Meyer lemon, poached pear, iodine and white flowers, again framed by some creamy new wood. On the palate the wine is very concentrated, deep and pure, with notable extract and texture, and a long, penetrating, powerful finish. Superb. Drinking Window 2022 - 2033.(WK)  (2/2017)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a .30 ha parcel in Chassagne) Moderately firm reduction presently dominates the underlying fruit. Otherwise, the succulent yet powerful flavors possess imposing size, weight and punch while also concluding in a robust, mouth coating and firmly structured finish. Like the Criots this is absolutely going to require at least mid-term cellaring but it should be well worth the wait. Drink: 2025+  (6/2017)

92 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. Ripe peach, menthol and spice aromas suggest a powerful wine. Concentrated, broad, smooth and sweet, with an element of gingery spice and firm acidity giving shape to the very ripe, savory peach and pineapple flavors and leavening the impression of early sucrosité. At once less fruity, less minerally and less refined than the Caillerets but still offers lovely shape and restraint for its substantial volume. Finishes smooth and long, with distinct salinity. I'd like to come back to this wine in three or four years, when it has absorbed some of its baby fat. (ST)  (9/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Subtle, creamy and promising on the nose. Deep and concentrated on the palate, with great intensity and freshness combined. More wine than fruit, if you know what I mean. Great length. (JH) 17.5/20 points  (1/2017)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Chassagne Montrachet

- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5